|Roughly the northwest Tuxtlas are populated mainly by mestizos, a few Amerindians, probably some
criollos and very few gringos or other foreigners, and the northeast (southern) Tuxtlas are largely
populated by autochthons.
Indians - Amerindians, Native People, Early Americans, etc:
Mel Gibson recently arrived in Los Tuxtlas (fall 2005) to film a movie highlighting the Mayas. Probably the
only Maya that ever set foot in Los Tuxtlas, was a Maya that got lost on his way to elsewhere. Instead
Gibson should have given thought to the Popolucas, one of the few remaining peoples that have graced
the Tuxtlas for thousands of years.
There are solid indications that the Popolucas are remnants of the Olmecs, which would make them the
oldest civilized peoples in the American hemisphere. They desperately need a little credit. They are also
one of the most marginalized indigenous groups in all of Mexico.
In Los Tuxtlas, Nahuas apparently obliged the Popolucas to retreat to mountain redoubts. The Spaniards
promply pushed the Nahuas out. So that by now only communities in the upper Santa Martha's have any
substantial native Populations.
We are all mestizos of one kind or another. I have some acquaintances who I am sure can trace their
ancestry to Neanderthals. Mexico is somewhat unique because of its large pool of racial mixes, all done in
a relatively short time frame.
The main participants were European Spaniards, local Indians and imported African slaves. By now the
northwest Tuxtlas are mostly mestizo.
Catemaco & Los Tuxtlas major overated claim to fame is brujos. Read more about them in catemaco.info
The latest invaders of mostly Catemaco are gypsies, locally known as Hungaros and confused by tourists
as local witches. Read more about them in catemaco.info.
They includes gringos, yanquis, hueros, pochos, eurotrash, Cubans, Spaniards, etc.
Although there is really no noticeable presence of foreigners todate, their activities in the past shaped
much of the current Tuxtlas.
The French in Montepio
The British in Acayucan
The Yanks in Coatzacoalcos
The Germans in Catemaco & San Andres
The Cubans in San Andres.
The belief that Mexico invented the word Gringo may be well founded. Allegedly it stems from the US
invasion of Mexico in 1846, when troops marched along to the cadence of a then popular song "Green
grow the lilacs....." The local populace then promptly started calling those troops the "Green grows" which
bastardized into gringos.
Much more likely is the European Spanish use of the word "griego" (greek) as a pejorative for foreigner,
which metamorphed into gringo. It´s all Greek to me, especially since a "gringa" is a succulent dish of
spiced pork, cheese and diced pineapple sandwiched between two wheat tortillas.
This is not a place for LBFM´s, instead addresses some women´s issues in Los Tuxtlas.
In Los Tuxtlas women are only recently rising above the status of personal property, just above horses,
and the young ones still get sold in the hill communities..
Poor People - The disenfranchised:
that´s about 65% of Los Tuxtlas earning less than 2 minimum salaries a day, about 8 US dollars